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Refugee Crisis

2015 and 2016 have seen a deepening refugee crisis, sparked in part by people fleeing the destruction of the Syrian civil war. Millions of people have fled war-torn regions of Iraq,, Syria, and Somalia for Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, and increasingly flooding into Europe. These have been joined by people from elsewhere in Northern and Central Africa seeking better economic conditions.


Color photo of Rio de Janeiro with the statue of Christ the Redeemer in the foreground and the harbor of the city in the background.
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2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosts the 2016 Paralympic Games between September 7th and 18th. With a population of over six million, Rio is the second-largest city in Brazil and it's cultural capital. The city will host Olympic events at locations throughout the city and it's waterfront during the eleven days of the Games. Rio was the first South American city to host the Olympics with the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in August.